(EDIT: In light of #ASEAN50 and my recent overseas trip, I am relaxing this policy towards our Southeast Asian neighbors: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, and any other member country of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Timestamp: 25 August 2017, 09:27 am.)
Let me ask you a question.
What do you do when unwanted, annoying, and obnoxious “guests” come over to your house and spread shit all around? More so, what do you do when they refuse to pack up and leave after a polite request (and a sprinkling of salt, just like what the superstition says?) You do not lock yourself in the bedroom and rant about your predicament; rather, YOU DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. You tell them to leave, lest law enforcement will be called in to drag their asses out of your residence. Your home, your castle, your rules!
This is what I have been recently experiencing here in The Monching’s Guide. I have not failed in checking the site every day despite my lack of posts. For those who have been reading my blog, you do know that I have a certain disdain towards foreigners. Gweilo, gaijin, ang mo, whatever you want to call them. Whether or not they pass the paper bag test, the fact of the matter is this: The Monching’s Guide is a Filipino blog aimed at a Filipino audience. I’ve repeatedly mentioned that bloggers from other countries do not get the nuances of what I post, so it’s useless for them to visit. How would you feel if outsiders barged into your event without any invitation and then complain about it? Who the flying fuck invited you anyway?
You catch more flies with honey than vinegar, so the maxim says. But the thing is – the gaijins still won’t listen even if I put chili peppers on the fly trap. I’ve repeatedly removed from my followers list a certain Canadian who hails from Poland, for a start; if WordPress only had a block function, I would have used it for good measure. And just recently, one of them had the audacity to comment here – to which I responded. Not even subtle pipe bombs, profanity-laden warnings, or explicit regulation here in the blog has worked to keep them crackers out. (I adapt a far stricter attitude over at my Instagram, with a one-strike policy in place.)
Yes, I do have a problem with foreigners in general.
On a side note, I’m considering if I should extend this mindset beyond this blog – and apply it in dealing with foreigners in real life. See, here’s the ironic thing: I work in a job that involves dealing with foreigners on a daily basis. The executives have whiter skin than I do, and also some of my fellow team members. I don’t have qualms adapting this mindset in real life, but a second opinion from fellow Filipino bloggers will do.